UK International Relations Courses

Introduction to International Relations

International Relations is a branch of political science that examines the role of states, international alliances, NGOs and multinational companies in an increasingly globalised world. International Relations deals with issues like sovereignty, environmentalism, development and human rights in the context of global affairs and is also concerned with the policies of individual states.

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The subject will show you how the world works and how power structures are made, unmade, exploited and resisted. It is, therefore, an excellent preparation for a career in the civil service, politics and diplomacy. International Relations modules will include political analysis, global histories, war and security in politics, social divisions and global governance.

Careers in International Relations

International Relations graduates will be equipped with the skills needed to unravel the complex network of factors that cause events in one part of the globe to have unlikely consequences in another. As such, roles in research, journalism, social policy or development and different branches of politics are all popular avenues for graduates to pursue.

International Relations Entry Requirements

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Please note that entry requirements vary for each UK university.

Where can I study International Relations in the UK?

To learn more about the best International Relations courses in the UK, find details on the top ten ranking Politics and International Studies universities in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020 below:

  1. University of Oxford
  2. London School of Economics
  3. University of Cambridge  
  4. King’s College London
  5. SOAS, University of London
  6. University of Essex
  7. University of Edinburgh
  8. University College London
  9. University of Warwick
  10. University of Durham

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